The MTA is overhauling subway entrances—finally

Overcrowded subway entryways are getting a revamp, which could make your commute a whole lot easier.

149 St Subway

149 St Subway Photograph: David Rosenzweig

Even if Wi-Fi on the train might be a long way off, subway riders are at least getting a practical upgrade to their daily commute. The New York Times reports that the MTA is planning to update subway entryways at the rate of about ten stations every year. And get this: They're borrowing pointers from Disneyland and feng shui. Sounds like pretty insightful stuff to us.

To determine the improvements that needed to be made, the authority studied the behavior of riders: which way they move in crowded passageways, which exits they favor, which points of access they gravitate toward. And the data has already led to improvements in several stations: Rector Street, Marcy Avenue and Nassau Avenue. Common renovations include replacing revolving doors with low turnstiles and relocating emergency exits. The aim of the revamp is to ease traffic, especially in stations where ridership is booming (we're looking at you, Bedford Avenue).

A subway station where you don't have to battle other New Yorkers for a place to swipe your MetroCard? Maybe not the happiest place on earth, but not too far off either.

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